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New Teacher Welcome Basket Ideas

July 11, 2022 No Comments
ideas for what to put in a new teacher welcome basket

Creating a new teacher welcome basket is such a fun way to welcome staff to your school! And the good news is that they can be fairly inexpensive – and fun – to make. They’re perfect for handing out at new teacher orientation or to leave as a surprise in their classrooms! Let’s dig into some of my favorite ideas for how to make a new teacher gift basket.

Getting Started

Pick a container of your choice. I love sturdy plastic bins and wire baskets that can be repurposed for classroom organization.

Then make a list and hit up Amazon, Target, and the Dollar Store. And don’t forget to check with your office staff for basic supplies they can contribute like pens and paper clips!

Fill the basket and add a cute nametag or welcome note. Find some here!

Now let’s check out some new teacher must-haves to put in the baskets…

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Office Supplies

Hopefully, your school will provide basic office supplies. Here are some fun extras you might include:

Classroom Decor

Since setting up the classroom will be at the top of the new teacher’s list, I like to add some items that will help with the process.

Personal Items

Personal “emergency” items are a must for new teacher welcome baskets!

  • chapstick
  • hand lotion
  • Tide pen
  • Motrin or Tylenol
  • chocolate or other candy
  • protein bar or other snacks
  • coffee shop gift card
  • Teachers Pay Teachers gift card


Including personalized and/or school swag is an awesome way to help someone feel like part of the school family! Your office staff and PTA may even have some items from previous years.

  • lanyard
  • shirt
  • mug or tumbler
  • water bottle
  • clipboard
  • keychain
  • whistle

Bonus Items

If you want to include a slightly bigger item, here are some good options:

I’d also make sure the new teachers at your school receive disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and a box of tissues – but you might not want them in the cute basket!

Welcome baskets are so great to gift first-year teachers and staff who are new to your school. Whether you’re a mentor teacher or just wanting to welcome a new teammate, I hope you’ve found some new teacher gift basket ideas in this post! Leave me a comment and let me know what else you would add to this list!

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